Fatema K. Merchant


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Practice Areas

  • Government Contracts,
  • Investigations &
  • International Trade
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
University Al-Jamea-Tus-Saifiyah Arabic Academy, B.A., 2003
Law SchoolAmerican University Washington College of Law, J.D., 2008
AdmittedTexas; District of Columbia


•American Bar Association, International Section

•ABA International Anti-Corruption Committee

•ABA India Committee

LanguagesArabic; Gujarati; Urdu

Fatema Merchant is an associate in the Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Ms. Merchant's practice focuses on anti-corruption investigations and compliance with international trade laws. Ms. Merchant has extensive experience with Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and U.S.-Sanctioned Countries investigations, compliance, due diligence, and training. Ms. Merchant also advises clients on compliance with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

Ms. Merchant previously served as a Special Assistant Attorney General with the District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General (OAG). At the OAG, Ms. Merchant negotiated settlements, prepared dispositive motions, handled pleadings and discovery, and argued motions. She served as co-counsel in a jury trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, securing a favorable verdict for the District.


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DOJ Issues Opinion, Provides (Some) Comfort on Successor Liability
Thaddeus Rogers McBride,Fatema K. Merchant, February 25, 2015
In a recent Opinion Procedure Release (OPR), Number 14-02, the U.S. Department of Justice expressly limited successor liability for a US company purchasing a non-US company that had paid bribes in the past. In so doing, DOJ may have given a little bit of comfort to US companies and issuers thinking...

Havana Hold Your Hand: Reaching Out to Cuban Entrepreneurs
J. Scott Maberry,Fatema K. Merchant, February 25, 2015
New regulations on Cuba enter into force today, only 29 days after President Obama promised them. The liberalized provisions focus on support for private sector actors in Cuba.

New Year, New Orleans, Old Tricks
Fatema K. Merchant, February 25, 2015
The Department of Justice’s Kleptocracy Initiative is kicking off 2015 strong. On January 13, 2015, the DOJ filed a civil complaint seeking the forfeiture of nine properties in New Orleans, worth close to $1.53 million. The property was allegedly purchased with corrupt proceeds, traced to $2...

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Fatema K. Merchant

Eleventh Floor East, 1300 I Street, NW
WashingtonDC 20005-3314


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